I don't know if you saw this post, but I would like to share my mum's success.
My mum was 75 yrs old when diagnosed with SCC of the tongue. She had partial glossectomy, a muscle flap taken from her tummy, lymph nodes removed, 6 weeks of radio therapy.
She "celebrated" her 76th birthday at home, tied up to a feeding machine, with a tracheotomy to help her breath.
We have just CELEBRATED her 77th birthday on the Greek Island of Kos, where she was presented and ate 2 birthday cakes by 2 different sets of people.
We ate out in different restaurants every night, she managed soup, bread, moussaka, ice cream i.e. all the softer stuff. She was dreading doing this before we went.
It's a long, hard, bumpy, sometimes terrifying - frequently heart breaking road, but there is life after mouth cancer.
How is she now ? Well, she is conscious of her scars and feels she has some trouble with her speech. She can dribble a bit when eating sometimes, but it bothers her more than it bothers anyone else. There are things she still can't eat, but she focuses on what she CAN eat. She still takes some Ensure to boost her calories, but not every day. Her teeth need fixing and she still gets tired BUT she goes dancing twice a week, has been on hols - coped with the flights etc., and is already looking forward to going back to Kos next year !!!
I would call that a success story, wouldn't you ?????